LOS ANGELES - Fans can get a first look at the new Darth Vader costume from the 2005 "Star Wars: Episode III" prequel on the upcoming DVD collection of the original trilogy, Lucasfilm announced Monday.
The first three "Star Wars" films debut for the first time in digital format on Sept. 21.
The Darth Vader featurette promises an interview with creator George Lucas (news) discussing how Jedi warrior Anakin Skywalker became the fearsome space villain.
It also will show behind-the-scenes footage of actors Hayden Christensen (news), who plays Anakin, and Ewan McGregor (news), who plays Obi-Wan Kenobi, engaged in the forthcoming film's climactic lightsaber duel.
"We're going to see the evolution of this character and go places with Darth Vader we've never gone before," said Jim Ward, a Lucasfilm marketer and DVD executive producer. "Our fans have been eagerly awaiting every morsel of `Episode III' as we divulge it. We're giving it to them piece by piece."
He said the DVD would hold back, however, on most of the details, which are being saved for the final installment in the prequel trilogy, set for release in theaters on May 19, 2005.
Besides the three movies, subtitled "A New Hope," "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi," the DVD collection also will include documentaries about the history of the laser-sword lightsabers, an exploration of how some of the famous alien creatures were inspired and created, and a playable Xbox (news - web sites) videogame demo for the upcoming game Star Wars: Battlefront.